After completing Ringling’s master plan, Ayers Saint Gross designed a new residence hall for upperclass students on an important perimeter campus parcel. Bridge Hall is located on a historic site bounded by the Whitaker Bayou, a freshwater canal that snakes along the eastern edge of campus to Sarasota Bay. Protected live oaks border the bayou, offering a lush Florida-garden landscape to the building’s inner court. The elevated campus arts walk, a product of the master plan, bridges across the bayou, connecting the Hall to both campus and the city street front. The building is sited to maximize the use and preservation of the verdant landscape. Two grand live oaks also frame the building’s main entrance from its public street side. The ground floor lobby, project lounge, and outdoor porch further focus views to the intimate bayou frontage. The building exterior’s traditional white stucco plays off of metal panel walls and lively colors inside and out, a riff on the College’s commitment to art and design.
Visit Ayers Saint Gross at Booth 303 and attend an education session on the importance of outside-the-unit spaces in student housing.
Spaces that support individual students’ academic and personal growth lead to strong, engaged campus communities.